Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Gary Joiner and ABS agreed to establish a partnership between SDPA and LSU Red River History Center, which he is the director of. Marker should go near the parking lot. The fence should go all the way to the river. There is a steep bluff at the river.
Steph Pedro is working on a proposal to Caddo Parish for surveying, design, and establishing a conservation easement for Coates Bluff.
Feico asked if the property near the Hopewell Cemetery is state-owned. Clay Carter of state land office will know if they own the stream bed.
Bike Co-op Grant Progress
Where: 8:30 Farmer's Market Breakfast
9am Market-To-Stoner Ride
9:30-11am Stoner Trails Riding
Monday, July 18, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Sid asked the group about a trail along the river which is falling in and it was noted by a geologist that was probably the reason for the kids drowning last summer because Petrohawk was pumping sand and it has become a hazard along the river--literally quick sand.
Cynthia will bring the dog park committee to Coates Bluff, and introduce with dogs, and help install poop stands.
Robert called The Times and they will run a correction about the four-year old photo on the front page introducing the Dog Park, and they have made the correction on their website. Robert asked about the situation on the wrought iron fence. Oliver Jenkins will talk to Shelly Ragle about existing chain length fences on the riverfront, including the city-owned chain length fence at Stoner Boat Launch.
Sid has hiked the trail since he was 9 years old. Has a friend with the Caddo Commission that is interested in seeing a proposal for our protection plan, including a conceptual bike path.
Dan supports the safety and enhancement of the existing and future bike path along Clyde Fant Pkwy. He lives on Preston, and hates the zoning changes that have led to the degradation of the neighborhood , and is interested in keeping property values.
Susan has been studying Coates Bluff since 1989, and placed a historical marker at Olive & Youree in 1987. She works at the Red River History Center downtown. Dianne Kappos says there are grants that we can tap into since Coates Bluff is located in Bossier Parish.
Feico reported the Audubon Society has funds that are available, but we need a chapter, and would take 6 months to get it together. We would need 40 members, and 25 individual members. We can call the Audubon Society any name that we want. Tyler, TX is the closest society to Shreveport.
Nadine got in touch with art teachers and came up with ideas for painting sewer culverts with educational themes.
Feico noted the artists could also help with signage. The other item would be a tree show in the fall.
Jon reported a Stoner Hill clean up about one month ago that he visited and took a group through Hopewell Cemetary, and spoke with Jeff Everson about some tax dollars coming to town for historical purposes, and sent him the edmodo link, and Jeff was interested in an inventory of headstones. There is an access trail, and we need to put up a gate, and need a stairstep that could be accomplished by September. He needs 10 people for a Saturday clean up--Sid will help. Robert can get Magnet students in September as the students need to ‘buy in’. A manhole cover is busted on the trail and there are noticeable signs of discharge. Jon took a pic and sent to Shreveport Streets & Drainage and asked if any heavy machinery would be involved, but has not heard back from them. Jon spoke with Friends of Red River Wildlife and asked if Coates Bluff can be encompassed, but it can’t. But Red River Wildlife can do specific invitations. Jon spoke with Mary Anne Bowie about watershed protection as being a viable tool for education for Coates Bluff. This is a great model for teaching watershed studies. Jon looked at City DOS, and talked about a stormwater quality issue. A grate WOULD NOT be blocking the water, it would be blocking the trash flow. There are 4 stations that could be installed. Susan said check with the National Geographic as she did a storm drain in University Terrace, and they provided stenciling paint. There is a lot of light trash. Susan asked if there were federal laws that are eroding the cemetery graves that protect it? Archeaologic. There are military family located in the park.
Red River Watershed Management Institute (RRWMI)
The Red River Management CEA is twenty years old. Gary Hanson plans to extend it as a park. Gary asked if there is a plan for Veterans Park. It has incredible topography and geological, boulders could be part of the outreach, and Louisiana Geological Survey (LGS) is doing a lot of boulders and moved a 22,000 pound sandstone/ironstone boulder from the I-49 corridor to the RRWMI. These are great exposures and need some signage with LGS to get involved. Steph asked if that model was applicable to Coates Bluff. Gary responded that he modeled the RRWMI after the Savannah, GA hydrology model of research. Gary wanted the oxbow lake to be a research park and brought the idea to Murray Lloyd. Murray did the politics, and Gary did the science. The Committee went to the national level including the National Wetlands Center, Corps of Engineers, Jim Holt, Port Authority, and LSU faculty. Lots of meetings took place, and Mayor Hightower approved the agreement between him and the Chancellor because the Mayor thought it would cut costs to the City, but it came with a full spectrum of disciplines and a built park was a way to pull together ideas and purchase 30 acres (Board of Regents), 10 on soccer field, 20 on other side of levee. The LSU President was involved, and LSUS applied for grants with EPA, Rep. McCrery for infrastructure, water wells, and infrared mapping. On the Educational Committee, three teachers came in and required others to be instructors. The building was funded by a McCrery earmark, and gas companies currently want to donate funds to study better methods of water management. The Committee consisted of 40 people, then a steering committee was formed to carry out the plan. It consisted of 2 city appointmees (mayor and Shelly, Wes Wyche), 2 university appointees, and one rotating public member appointee, and the LSU Chancellor. Bill Bebe is the public member, The process began in 1998 the RRWMI formed in 2000.
Right To Play, Inc: Dr Karen Gordon created the Leaps and Bounds playground in AC Steere Park, Shreveport
Carolyn Manning, Robert Trudeau, Dr Karen Gordon, Shreveport , a photo by trudeau on Flickr.
"Right to Play, Inc was established when it was determined that children with disabilities in the Shreveport, Louisiana area were denied an aspect of life that other children and their parents take for granted: access to a playground that would provide rigorous and challenging fun for children of all abilities." That's from the history of the non-profit group at righttoplay.org.
"RTP was founded in 1999 by Karen Gordon, a Shreveport veterinarian, who was moved by a magazine story about a barrier-free playground project in Connecticut. She identified six other community members willing to devote volunteer energy to ensure all children in the Shreveport - Bossier City community would have equal access to play."
The city of Shreveport happily accepted the donation of the park to AC Steere park.
Upkeep of the Leaps and Bounds facility remains an ongoing concern.
During the recent interview on KSCL Dr Gordon said that being independent of the city afforded the organization the ability to avoid the lowest bid process and find the best-possible designers and manufacturers.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Inspired by the Coates Bluff Trail, Libby Patterson, caterer, offers tohelp ABS with event planning and food prep
Coates Bluff Nature Trail: Libby Patterson, Pam Raintree, Randall Ross, Will Smith, Susan Keith, Shreveport, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.
"Erik, Ava and I again enjoyed the Coates Bluff Nature Loop a couple of weekends ago (actually it was Erik's first time and he loved it!). We met a gentleman who was fishing and had great things to say about the trail and also told us about some trails by the river," writes food maven Libby Patterson.
"I wanted to express that Erik and I want to support that project and extension, and all that A Better Shreveport is doing. We're not able to come to meetings yet (opposite schedules and Ava), but we can help with maintenance/presence and trail usage...
In the meantime, I also wanted to offer help in something I do have a little experience in: food and event planning. I'm not sure who to speak to about this, but please volunteer my services for the next time you have a gathering you need help with...I've done it pro bono for minicine for years...hot dogs or hummus, I'm there :)"
ABS must be on a righteous path, seems to me, to win such an offer of support.
Libby's blog is called Gogreenly.com.
- Robert Trudeau